The accused was on the run for several days and was arrested on Tuesday morning from Kurukshetra in Haryana
The accused was on the run for several days and was arrested on Tuesday morning from Kurukshetra in Haryana|Representational image
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Nagaland: Cyber crime accused Pankaj Gupta finally held in Haryana

Pankaj Gupta, whose recent videos sparked controversy in Nagaland, arrested from Kurukshetra in Haryana

Medolenuo Ambrocia

Medolenuo Ambrocia

Kohima: Following viral videos of a person which circulated online recently, SP Crime and Nagaland Police PRO Manojkumar A informed that the main accused in a cyber crime case was held by a team of Haryana police and Nagaland police officers from Kurukshetra in Haryana on Tuesday morning.

According to a DIPR report, under PS Case No.05/20 U/S 53(A)/505(1B)/505(1C)/505(2)/120B IPC, the accused -- identified as Pankaj Gupta -- was on the run from the police for the past several days. He was arrested on Tuesday morning from Kurukshetra in Haryana.

The arrest was made based on a non-bailable warrant issued by the judicial magistrate first class, Kohima, as per Manojkumar.

"The Cyber Crime PS of Nagaland Police had taken cognizance of various social media trolls uploaded on various platforms by the accused, which were inflammatory, abusive, divisive and prejudicial to the maintenance of social peace and harmony attracting the provisions of IPC, which are cognisable and non-bailable," it said.

The police officer claimed that the accused has made serious allegations without basis and authentication, along with conspiracy theories which are a threat to public peace and order.

The accused is being processed for transit remand and shall be produced before the court in Kohima. The police will also be investigating into the involvement of other co-conspirators on various social media platforms, if any in furtherance of this criminal act.

Nagaland Police, through the PRO, appealed to the residents of Nagaland to be very cautious and discreet in soliciting comments on social media without verifying facts. The freedom of speech in a democracy also comes with reasonable legal restrictions, the police said, asking residents to be mindful of it.

Nagaland Police also stated that any violation of law shall be strongly dealt with as per the provisions of law and sought the co-operation of one and all to maintain peace and harmony in these difficult times for our state.

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